DIY pajama pants are one of my very favorite sewing projects. I mean, what’s more fun than sewing your own pajamas? Sewing a pair of pajamas that you get to color yourself! It takes less than an hour to sew these DIY pajama pants and this fun fabric provides you with hours of coloring, stress relieving fun!
I had the pleasure of working with Hayley Crouse’s fun Color Me Fabric line earlier this year when I made the Get ‘Er Done Overalls. Hayley’s line of Color Me fabrics, printed by Michael Miller, can be colored with fabric markers and have been just perfect for making things for the kids. They love getting to personalize the projects by coloring the fabric for themselves and beam with pride when they wear or use something I’ve sewn for them. I wasn’t surprised (I may have been one of the voices screaming in the background) when Hayley’s second line was for more sophisticated (ahem) colorers. As soon as I saw them, I knew I needed to DIY a pair of Color Me Pajama pants.
In order to DIY pajama pants for yourself, all you need is the fabric, a pair of your good fitting ready-t0-wear pajama pants, 1 inch elastic, and the usual sewing notions.
Deciding when to color the fabric may be the hardest part. In my opinion, coloring before the actual sewing makes for a more enjoyable experience. I recommend using a embroidery hoop to stabilize the fabric while coloring. This also makes it far more portable just in case you want to color while you’re sitting at an infinite number of sports, musical, or other such practices.
Step 1: Fold the existing pair of pajama pants in half, lay on the folded fabric and trace around the pants leg giving yourself an extra 3/8 inch on the sides, and two inches at the top and bottom. Repeat flipping the pants “pattern” for the opposite leg.
Step 2: Fold and pin one pants leg, right sides together and sew along the inseam using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Then repeat for the opposite leg.
Step 3: Turn on pant leg right side out and place inside the other pant leg, pinning the raw edged together and sewing with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Step 4: Turn right side out, turn the waist under 1/2 inch and again 1 inch to form an elastic casing. Topstich along the bottom edge, leaving a 4 to 5 inch opening.
Step 5: Measure your waist and cut the correct amount of elastic. Thread the elastic through the opening, overlap and stitch using a zig zag stitch.
Step 6: Topstich to sew closed the opening.
Step 7: Finally, fold and press the leg hem (1/2 inch under and again another 1/2 inch) and topstitch.
DIY Pajama Pants are such a satisfying project and I love the fact that I can come back and add more color to these any time I want!